On September 12, the City of Guelph opened its recently renovated dry-waste recycling plant (part of the wet-dry recycling facility) in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries, including Mayor Karen Farbridge who sat on the committee that chose a new name for Guelph’s overall recycling and composting operation: the “Waste Resource Innovation Centre.”
The $5-million renovation took five months and included equipment from Melville, New York-based RRT Design & Construction, which supplied a large bag breaker in addition to other equipment and designs. Hustler conveyors were re-incorporated into the new equipment array along with a Bollegraaf (Van Dyk) baler. Robert Lippett, senior environmental engineer with Markham, Ontario-based Gartner Lee Ltd., was the lead consultant on the project.
Capacity at the dry side of the plant has increased from five to 20 tonnes per year. The scheme is part of Guelph’s overall plan to reduce contamination in the waste stream and thereby boost diversion rates from the current 43 per cent to as much as double that number. Guelph has adopted a three-bag collection system that it calls “Wet-Dry Plus” in which residents set out their garbage in three bags: a semi-transparent green bag for organics and other compostables, a semi-transparent blue bag for dry recyclables, and a clear bag for refuse. (Guelph’s Eastview Landfill is being closed, and refuse will be sent to the GreenLane Environmental landfill near London, Ontario.) The renovated facility is a leader in waste diversion in Canada and the managers say they will continue to evaluate new technologies and strategies to further improve the city’s environmental performance.
Contact Cathy Smith at 519-767-0598 x222